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Northwest Missouri State University

Community Session of Career Pathing




Jan. 21 Passport to Professionalism Career Services
Feb. 1 Mind the Gap Karel Murray
Feb. 10 THINK INSIDE THE BOX: Leading Change by Leading Perspectives Steven Iwersen
March 1 Dancing with the Stars LIFE & LEADERSHIP HACKS Brandon White
March 14 So you've got something stuck in your teeth? Addressing unconscious bias Steven Bryant
March 31 What's the Use: Food Labels and MyPlate Kendra Quick
April 13 Give the Customer Service You Want to Receive Michelle Drake
April 19 Change happens! How to deal with change (...when you didn't choose it). Randall Resources, Int'l

Cost: $40 per session
For Maryville Chamber Members: $25 per session 

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Presentation 1 - "Passport to Professionalism"

Career Services: Passport to ProfessionalismCareer Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Session Times: 11:00 am or 3:30 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Employers want student employees, interns and new hires to know and understand basic professional workplace skills. While supervisors and faculty genuinely care about their students/employees and want them to flourish, they simply don’t have the time to do the necessary training. Passport to Professionalism offers a solution.

Career Services will introduce Passport’s modules designed around the topics of ethical behavior, communication, teamwork, cultural sensitivity, professional etiquette and more during this session.

Take charge of your personal career journey and learn more by attending … Passport to Professionalism!

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Presentation 2 -  "Mind the Gap"

Karel Murray, CSP, DREIKarel Murray
Our Branch Inc.

Date:  Monday, February 1, 2016
Session Times: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

In Europe, stepping on to a subway is preceded by a recorded warning “Mind the Gap”. This concept is perfect for process of addressing the gaps in performance and information that can arise when we become too busy to pay attention to the details. Now, more than ever, we are faced with working with a highly diverse range of people and we can no longer afford to operate in an information vacuum and expect to achieve measurable results. This program is designed to help you confidently bridge the gap between generations by applying that knowledge to your every day interactions. Create powerful, meaningful connections with the consumer and your peers; when you “mind the gap” everyone wins.

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Presentation 3 - "THINK INSIDE THE BOX: Leading Change by Leading Perspectives"

Steven Iwersen

Steven Iwersen
The Ambition Expert, Keynote Speaker and Author
Aurora Pointe

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Session Times: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

The adventurous, the risk takers, the leaders in our world have little-to-no hesitation when it comes to trying new things.  They have a bring it on attitude and want the rest of the world to follow.

However, the percentage of those who live on the edge is small compared to those who want to play it safe.  Push them to do what is uncomfortable or unfamiliar and they will resist change.

What would happen if we could lead change, spark creative thinking and develop an openness to new ideas without forcing people out of the box or beyond their comfort zone?

This presentation will inspire and encourage individuals and leaders to develop their natural creative abilities and an innovative mindset.  Steven Iwersen will demonstrate:

  • How we can avoid popular thinking and activate shared thinking
  • How confidence is the result of comfort, and that
  • Personal success starts with what is already in the box!

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Presentation 4 - "Dancing with the Stars LIFE & LEADERSHIP HACKS"

Brandon White

Brandon White
National Motivational Speaker and Trianer
Let It Move, Inc

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Session Times: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Length: 90 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Have you ever wanted more confidence? National inspirational speaker and professional ballroom dance instructor, Brandon Lee White brings his nationally acclaimed program for you to be moved both physically and inspirationally. Participants will laugh as they watch brave participants "Own" opportunities on stage. Moving stories and practical lessons will help you communicate and lead with confidence. You will even have a chance to learn ballroom dance moves! This presentations has been seen by thousands of people around the country including Alaska and Hawaii, so get ready to have fun, learn, and 'Own it!"

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Presentation 5 - "So you've got something stuck in your teeth? Addressing unconscious bias"

Steven BryantSteven Bryant
Director, Multicultural Center
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
Session Times: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm.
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

That moment when you look in the mirror and realize you have had a giant piece of food stuck in your teeth since lunch, which was four hours ago.  Do you become ashamed?  Do you feel angry or frustrated that no one told you?  How would you have felt if someone had that conversation with you?  We have all experienced this, just as we all experience and exhibit unconscious bias on a daily basis.  This session will explore unconscious bias, how it shows up in our lives, and how we can become conscious about it.

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Presentation 6 - "What's the Use: Food Labels and MyPlate"

Kendra QuickKendra Quick

Date:  Thursday, March 31, 2016
Session Times: 9:30 am, 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm.
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

How do we, as consumers, make informed decisions and identify healthy food choices for ourselves? There has been multiple nutrition tools developed for consumers based on decades of research. This informational session will allow us to:

  • Recognize the evolution and developmental purpose of nutrition guides for the public
  • Identify the components of a food label with literary and numerical understanding and
  • Discuss the nutritional approach of MyPlate for direct application toward a healthier lifestyle.

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Presentation 7 - "Give the Customer Service You Want to Receive"

Michelle, DrakeMichelle Drake
Human Resources Generalist, Office of Human Resources
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Session Times:  9:00 am, 12:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Ever had a bad customer service experience? Ever walked away feeling irritated and unwanted? There is never another chance to make a good first impression. Learn some of the best customer service tricks that will leave you on top in the world of customer service.

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Presentation 8 - "Change happens! How to deal with change (...when you didn't choose it)."

Randall Resources Int'lRandall Resources Int'l
Kathleen M. Randall, CSP & Jack C. Randall, CIC, PCLA, PFMM

Date:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Session Times:  9:30 am, 12:30 pm or 3:30 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Change. It’s all around you.

What used to be an occasional adjustment has now become a daily occurrence. How do you look at change when it’s not your idea? Do you have options when change happens? And do you have a choice to accept or reject it?

Throughout life, you will be required to make decisions regarding change. Those changes will bring reactions and emotions that can cause you to succeed or fail. Do you have the skills to adapt or engage in situations you didn't choose? And how do you know if a change is an opportunity or a nightmare?

Join Kathleen and Jack as they discuss:

Change Happens! How to deal with change (…when you didn’t choose it).

  • Understand the emotions that come with change,
  • Identify your options in the midst of change,
  • Learn to see your potential within any change!

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